Even at just around six inches in length, the next lethal weapons that could hit superpowers could be a mantis shrimp that can be fired at speeds equivalent to a bullet from a gun. Is the war game changing?
Shrimps Are the Next Weapons
The mantis shrimp is just about six inches but they pack on power with their “clubs.” This type of shrimp can crack down on a prey with excellent velocity and power. In fact, their clubs are equivalent to a bullet when fired from a gun.
According to Newsweek, their strikes can split human thumbs and destroy aquarium glass. Previously, scientists were looking into more information on why the shrimp’s club could stand immense pressure without breaking.
According to the report: “The appendages are made of a unique “herringbone” structure, consisting of interlocking units of chitin—a hard but semiflexible material found in the shells of many insects and crustaceans—and calcium phosphate, found in the bones of humans and other animals. In the claw, there are sinusoidal-shaped fibers of chitin (hence the “herringbone” description), which bind together bits of super-hard calcium phosphate.”
Additionally, such construction provides the claw enough power to absorb extreme force without cracking.
Blueprint for Future Weapons
“The smasher mantis shrimp has evolved this exceptionally strong and impact-resistant…club for one primary purpose—to be able to eat,” explained David Kisailus, an engineering professor at UC Riverside and lead researcher on the study.
“However, the more we learn about this tiny creature and its multilayered structural designs, the more we realize how much it can help us as we design better planes, cars, sports equipment and armor,” the research added.
In another report by Geek, the structure of the shrimp could soon be useful in the development of spacecraft hulls, automotive bodies and body armor for war. Scientists at Purdue already tried creating the design on a larger scale. The researchers used 3D printing to come up with the composite material based on the club of the mantis.